Top award for green homes

A HOUSING association has scooped an award for a ground-breaking project which has revamped a key gateway into Hartlepool.

Housing Hartlepool was the joint winner of a Transforming Places SHINE award for its Swedish-style homes on Easington Road.

The SHINE awards celebrate outstanding work of housing associations across the region and are judged by bosses of the National Housing Federation.

The Easington Road development created a mixture of housing for sale, rent and shared ownership.

Using the innovative Evolve method, they were built almost twice as quickly as traditional homes and cost a quarter less.

Homes are constructed off site using 43 per cent less carbon.

Architect Arcus Consulting won a design competition for its design masterplan.

The Homes and Communities Agency allocated almost £2m to the scheme.

Residents helped to select the winning architectural submission for the homes and the scheme secured jobs locally.

Pat White, a resident member of the North Central Hartlepool Steering Group, played a key role helping to select the design of the new homes.

She said: “Easington Road is a main thoroughfare into Hartlepool. The new look of this entrance into the regeneration area will change people’s perceptions and make people want to live here, which is a fantastic feeling for us as residents.”

Monica Burns, lead manager North East for the National Housing Federation, said: “All of the entries this year were exceptional and show how housing associations are transforming places and people’s lives for the better.’

The awards ceremony was held at the Vermont Hotel, in Newcastle.